Have you considered going paperless? Or maybe you aren’t quite ready to go 100% paperless, but would like to reduce your paper consumption and time spent at the copy machine… I have been working hard this summer on resources to help me reduce my time spent copying and maybe help me stay within the limits of paper that I am given at my school. I would love to share some of them with you.
Prepare Your Devices
Have an internet connection.
Have a google account, for yourself and your students. If you have Google Classroom, then your students should have their own accounts.
Install and log in to Google Drive on all tablets, or log in to Google drive on computers and chromebooks.
Install Google Slides to tablets. This step is not necessary with computers.
You can use Google Classroom whether your school is a Google Apps for Education school or not. You MUST sign up for this if you want to go paperless! WHY? Because you can assign PDF’s of any file (worksheet) and students can use a pen tool to mark answers or they can type. HOW?
- Create a class (Include the school year in the name).
- Add your students by email address or class code.
- Start assigning resources!
***My biggest tip for assigning files is to ALWAYS click “make a copy for each student.”
You can schedule assignments in advance, re-use assignments, and post links so that students can easily access sites.
If you want to know more about setting up Google Classroom, click the image below.
Now that you have your devices ready… how will you use them? Even if you don’t have enough for 1:1, there are many ways to use them wisely. Of course there are plenty of apps, but I have created some meaningful resources that will easily fit into your instruction and can be used in small groups or whole group.
These interactive notebooks are perfect for focusing on comprehension skills and could be used for whole group instruction, during guided reading, or as part of your daily 5 rotations (think accountability for listen to reading, read to self, or read with a friend).
These readers notebooks are all paired with a paper-based version, just in case you need a back up plan! Click here to check out the rest of my Go Paperless Reader’s Notebooks. See how they work here:
This back to school flipbook is perfect for open house! You won’t have to worry with all the copying, cutting, and stapling! Better yet, parents will not lose access to this valuable classroom information! See how it works here:
This is a great activity for the first days of school. Students love creating their “All About Me” digital flipbooks, and you can safely share these presentations with parents (all directions are included).
Check out how this resource works:
If you are interested in any of these digital resources, visit my TpT Store or Search TpT for #tptdigitalsale!